RUN IN CELEBRATION OF RESILIENCE POST-PANDEMIC
CHAPTER RUN 2023)
October 11 – Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia – 578 employees from 39 hotels in Johor were flagged
off for a 5km MAH Run at the Gateway Garden, Bandar Medini of Iskandar Puteri
today. Present to grace the occasion
were YB Raven Kumar A/L Krishnasamy, Johor
State ExCo of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture.
celebrating our resilience post-pandemic; that although many hotels ceased
operations and some closed permanently during the height of the spread of
Covid-19, we survived. We are glad to
see the surge of more hotels joining our chapter and that overall hotel business
has picked up although not yet at par with pre-pandemic levels. We are still facing various challenges and we
need such an event to continue motivating our employees who are our assets,”
said Ivan Teo, the Chairman of MAH Johor Chapter.
years and the last being organized in 2019, the MAH Games was an annual event
to get hotels together in friendly competition played over various popular
games and sports. This year, however,
the Committee of MAH Johor Chapter decided to have a Run instead.
hotels stood together in solidarity during the difficult period of the pandemic
and we realize how important it is that we continue to strengthen ties among
Johor hotels. The purpose of the Run is
also to promote a healthy lifestyle, carrying a salient message that we need to
be fit in order to resist any kind of infections.”
a Run is definitely a more well-rounded sport where everybody can participate,
unlike previous Games which require individual expertise in specific sports,”
said Sunny Soo, the Organizing Chairperson who is also the General Manager of
Pulai Springs Resort, as well as Honorary Treasurer of the Chapter’s Committee.
As there is
a Challenge Trophy for the MAH Run, the Committee hopes that it will become a
recurring event. The response for this
inaugural run is encouraging. There were
three winners each from the male and female categories, where an overall
champion was amongst them. Every
participant received a finisher medal in recognition of his or her
MALE INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY:
Placing: Khairul Anuar (Legoland Hotel)
Placing: Narendar Kumar (Pulai Springs Resort)
Placing: Man Kumar (KSL Hotel)
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY:
Placing: Nurhamizah Bt. Mustafa (Legoland Hotel)
Placing: Lee Sze Yin (Westin Desaru)
Placing: Nurul Azimah (Somerset Medini)
hotel champion was Pulai Springs Resort, accumulating points from the top three
runners from the same hotel.
The MAH Run
follows an earlier series of friendly football matches among hotels that culminated
with a play against MAH Melaka in which Johor won. Recently, several of the players were selected
to represent Johor chapter together with players from the other 12 state
chapters to play against ex-national football heroes, Dato Wira Soh Chin Ann,
Dato’ Dollah Salleh and Dato’ Zainal Abidin Hassan in a friendly exhibition
game meant to raise funds for ex-national football players. The event was held on 10 October 2023.
is currently the state with the second largest number of hotels with 95
members, totaling 18,710 rooms nationwide, after Kuala Lumpur.